Exposé Online banner

Tanger — Ciudad
(Viajero Inmovil TNGR026VIR, 2006, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01

Ciudad Cover art

While this latest offering from the Argentinean quartet (+ guests) compares favorably to their 1999 self-titled debut and its 2002 follow-up La Otra Cara, there are few real surprises here. The band goes the distance as an entirely instrumental unit, and features flute and electric guitar prominently on every track, one leading the other through more or less typically progressive territory, with a precise rhythm section supporting the effort, and occasional backing synth coloration to fill the spaces. For many of the nine cuts, one might be reminded of King Crimson circa Red, with a flute sitting in, though Tanger never achieves KC’s impact, emotion and high level of drama and intensity; much of what’s here seems too tightly composed without a lot of the freewheeling improvisation that could take it up a notch or two to the next level. That’s not to fault it, mind you; there are many excellent tracks here with splendid playing by all, but the best of them are those where they cut loose from the restraints (“Mascaras” for example) or step out of their standard MO completely (“Cortada” which features acoustic guitar and melodica more prominently, or “Ferrocarril”, which takes a bold step in a jazzier direction, and does feature that improvisation). Another fine offering from one of South America’s most promising bands.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Tanger

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Emily Bezar - Exchange – With Exchange, California singer/songwriter/keyboardist Emily Bezar has produced her definitive (so far) musical statement. The elements that have contributed to her past releases (progressive rock,...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues